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Central Coast Holidays

This stretch of coast between New South Wales’ two largest cities is a perfect getaway, with beautiful beaches, native rainforests, coastal villages and wildlife.

Known as “the playground of two cities”, New South Wales’ Central Coast is a scenic stretch of coastline between Sydney and Newcastle. Featuring a diverse landscape of gorgeous beaches, scenic inlets, rivers, lakes and picturesque hinterland, the Central Coast has plenty of exciting destinations for relaxation and adventure. Visit charming towns and see historic lighthouses. Hike through fragrant eucalypt forests and spot whales off the shore.

Explore Gosford, the coast’s largest township. Embark on a road trip north towards the Wyong region to tour the laid-back coastal towns. Terrigal Beach and Avoca Beach are popular swimming spots. Wax up your surfboard and hit the surf breaks at North Avoca and Soldiers Beach. Enjoy a cooling dip in the rock pools at Pearl Beach.

Experience breathtaking coastal views with a walk along the 9-kilometre (5.6-mile) trail that stretches from MacMasters Beach to Terrigal. More trails can be found in the Central Coast’s numerous national parks. See the cascading Somersby Falls in Brisbane Water National Park, near Gosford. Bouddi National Park is home to pristine beaches, jagged cliffs and several Aboriginal cultural sites. Hike through beautiful red gumtrees to Crackneck Point Lookout in Wyrrabalong National Park and spot whales breaching out at sea.

Learn about the Central Coast’s diverse wildlife at the Australian Reptile Park or the Central Coast Marine Discovery Centre, both of which are ideal for kids. Other family-friendly attractions include the Tree Top Adventure Park, where you can ride a zip line through the trees in the lush Ourimbah State Forest.

Other leisure activities include mini golf and indoor swimming at the Mingara Recreation Club. Catch a performance at the annual Central Coast Country Music Festival or an opera production in the Arboretum.

Main towns along the Central Coast are accessible by regular trains from Sydney. Just 1 hour’s drive north from Sydney, the Central Coast is a great weekend getaway. Visit in summer for sun-drenched beach days or in winter for whale-watching season.


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Beachcomber Hotel Rs3,584
Reviewed on 25 Jan 2020
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Beachcomber Hotel

Beachcomber Hotel

200 Main Road, Toukley, NSW
     
    3.1 of 5
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Property is a bit run down but comfortable. Lake views are beautiful.

    Oaks Waterfront Resort Rs6,759
    Reviewed on 26 Jan 2020
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    Oaks Waterfront Resort

    Oaks Waterfront Resort

    89 The Entrance Road, The Entrance, NSW
       
      4.0 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      The sofa bed was not uncomfortable and the mattress had a lot of stain on it.

      Pullman Magenta Shores Resort Rs6,485
      Reviewed on 5 Feb 2020
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      Pullman Magenta Shores Resort

      Pullman Magenta Shores Resort

      1 Magenta Drive, Magenta Shores, NSW
         
        4.5 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Loved our stay here. Beautiful staff, lovely room, superb breakfast. Highly recommend, terrific value for money!!

        Crowne Plaza Terrigal Rs7,253
        Reviewed on 16 Feb 2020
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        Crowne Plaza Terrigal

        Crowne Plaza Terrigal

        Pine Tree Lane, Terrigal, NSW
           
          4.5 of 5
          4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Really enjoyed my stay and the overall experience.

          Mantra Ettalong Beach Rs6,852
          Reviewed on 24 Jan 2020
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          Mantra Ettalong Beach

          Mantra Ettalong Beach

          53-54 The Esplanade, Ettalong Beach, NSW
             
            4.2 of 5
            4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great location and the front desk was very helpful.

            Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast Rs6,857
            Reviewed on 19 Feb 2020
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            Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast

            Mercure Kooindah Waters Central Coast

            40 Kooindah Boulevard, Wyong, NSW
               
              4.4 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              We really loved our stay here. comfy bed, great breakfast, clean enough amenities. Great for a quiet weekend away. The only dislike was the fact that the Spa is no longer available at the resort.

              Ocean Front at The Entrance Rs5,973
              Reviewed on 2 Feb 2020
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              Ocean Front at The Entrance

              Ocean Front at The Entrance

              102 Ocean Parade, The Entrance, NSW
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Great accomodation. Very clean and modern rooms. Next time I’ll book the spa room! Awesome Friendly staff too.

                Ibis Budget Gosford Rs4,224
                Reviewed on 3 Feb 2020
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                Ibis Budget Gosford

                Ibis Budget Gosford

                63 Central Coast Highway, West Gosford, NSW
                   
                  4.0 of 5
                  2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  This is a good hotel to stay in for a few nights, it’s always clean and comfortable, the bathrooms in the hotel good, but if you have a shower it wets all the floor, other than the shower, it’s well worth stay at.